James Farrar, PhD

James Farrar

Title: Professor
Company: Department of Chemistry, University of Rochester
Location: Rochester, New York, United States

James Farrar, PhD, Professor at the University of Rochester, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Chemistry.

Dr. Farrar has been a professor with the University of Rochester since 1986, and formerly chaired the department of chemistry from 1997 to 2000. He is known as a prolific contributor to scientific literature and in addition to numerous published articles, he has been an editorial board member of J.W. Wiley Publications since 1992. Dr. Farrar feels he is successful in his line of work because of the outstanding students and colleagues he has worked with over the course of his career. He can be found in the pages of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the East. His research interests are grounded in the application of the crossed molecular beam technique and velocity mapping imaging methods to studies of the dynamics of low energy ion-neutral collision processes. Dr. Farrar is also interested in laser spectroscopy of ionic interactions, especially size-selected cluster photochemistry.

Born in Pittsburgh to Martin W. Farrar and Lorraine H. Farrar, Dr. Farrar attended Washington University to earn an AB in 1970 summa cum laude, followed by an MS from the University of Chicago in 1972. He earned a PhD there in 1974 and worked as a postdoctoral researcher with the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Farrar was welcomed by the University of Rochester in 1976, and has taught there ever since. In 1987, he was invited as a visiting fellow to the Joint Institute and Laboratory of Astrophysics in Boulder, Colorado. His first research experience in chemical kinetics began as a result of a conversation with his teaching assistant in organic chemistry in 1968, who informed him of an opportunity to work as a technician for Professor Joseph Kurz in the Chemistry Department of Washington University. Once at the University of Chicago, Dr. Farrar worked under the tutelage of Professor Yuan-tseh Lee, learning a great deal about ‘where the energy goes in a chemical reaction.’ While matriculating at the University of California, Berkeley, he studied with Professor Bruce Mahan, who taught him the lore of ion-molecule reactions, and how to study them at very low collision energies.

Dr. Farrar is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has supported the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was honored with the 2006 Professor of the Year Award from the Students’ Association of the University of Rochester, as well as a 2005 Goergen Award for Excellence and Artistry in Undergraduate Teaching, a 1985 Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and a 1981 to 1985 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship. Dr. Farrar is also the proud father of Stacey Elizabeth and Andrew Martin, alongside his wife, Kathy June Meyer.

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